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New Book and Good Reviews

Monday, April 29th, 2013

At the risk of running afoul of my own sage advice, I wanted to share with you some great news I got today!

My latest audiobook, Kali’s Tale by David Niall Wilson is now available on Audible.  Go check it out! If you like urban fantasy, then the DeChance Chronicles are right up your alley. This is the fourth book in the series, but they’re all a lot of fun.

And I also found that one of my other recent projects, Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death is getting good reviews and feedback.  This is a book about a terrible war crime committed in Iraq in 2006, and what created the conditions that allowed it to occur. It’s a harrowing book and I was deeply honored to read it.

Review One

Review Two

Full disclosure: I know the second reviewer via an online community, but I did not ask him for a review.

What a great way to start the week! I’ll try to keep the number of chest-thumping posts to a minimum, but I had to share this.


Monday Morning Marketing Musings

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Hello my friends! I’ve been somewhat slow with my blog updates, which is something I really should rectify. I love blogging and I need to really devote more time to it, because I have some good stuff to say- at least I think so.

When you write YOUR blog, is it nothing but shameless self-promotion and “look what I did?” posts? Because that’s such an easy trap to fall into, but people aren’t interested in a list of your achievements. Your friends and family might be happy you got a new gig, or that your latest client loved your work- and make no mistake, that’s very important- but in the end your blog should be about being interesting to your customers and to your peers.

Why peers? Because in the world of VO, oftentimes your peers are your customers and vice-versa. It’s a very small world we operate in and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve gotten a job from a fellow VO whose client was looking for a voice like mine.  So take a tip from me and when you step up to the blog editor, have a topic in mind that you want to share information on.

That said, it’s perfectly acceptable (in MY opinion, anyway) to occasionally have a bit of self-promotion. Your blog is where customers come to see your work and it’s good for them to see that you are in fact booking work. Just don’t make it the centerpiece!


More FaffCon Thanks

Friday, May 4th, 2012

A couple of days ago I posted about FaffCon 4, and included a bunch of “Thank Yous” to fellow Faffers. What I didn’t realize was that I inadvertently published the wrong version of the post- a draft that I had been working on that left out a bunch of really amazing people to whom I am forever grateful. My sincere regrets for the oversight, folks! 🙂

So here’s another round of FaffCon thanks, and if I missed anyone this time I offer my apologies.

Some More Thanks

Doug TurkelYou are an inspiration and I consider you to be a true friend, Doug. Your sense of humor combined with a razor wit are a formidable combination; I still chuckle every time I hear the word “dipthong”. On a personal note, I want to thank you for giving me the perspective I needed about my confidence. It came at the right moment and I am grateful for it.

Matt Cowlrick – It wouldn’t be FaffCon if you weren’t there, mate. I’m looking forward to the next time we can crack a knuckle or two. 😉 Thank you for your friendship and for making FaffCon an even better experience for me.

Bob SouerIf Amy is Faffcon’s mother, you would definitely be its father (Godfather?). Thank you for everything you do and have done to make FaffCon the resounding success it is. Here’s to more of them!

Amy TaylorThank you for being such a generous, kind and warm person. And thank you for sharing your amazing talent with all of us at FaffCon.

Monk Schane-Lydon – I look forward to seeing you each and every FaffCon. You’re a great talent and a good friend and I thank you for both. 🙂

Jeff Simpson – It was such a pleasure to see you at this FaffCon- seeing someone from my first class in voiceover (whose talent I admired from the start) there was a great confidence boost, and I owe you personal thanks for getting me some great contacts!

Connie TerwilligerYour tireless efforts to document FaffCon in photos is sincerely appreciated, and your friendship even more so. You’re an absolute joy to know and work with. Thank you!

Pam TierneyYou work incredibly hard for FaffCon- thank you. I’m both indebted to you for your hard work and grateful to be able to work with you as FaffCon staff. Looking forward to the next one!

Adam VernerAlways a pleasure to meet a fellow audiobook guy, and even more so to get such great insight from a really talented pro. Thank you!

Cliff Zellman – It was a distinct pleasure meeting you, Cliff. I enjoyed each of our conversations and I can’t thank you enough for the great insights you brought to FaffCon.

Trish Basanyi – I can’t say how much fun it is to see you ! Thank you for all you do and for bringing your talent and energy to FaffCon; I always have such a great time when you are around. 🙂

Again, I sincerely hope I didn’t leave anyone out, but I probably did. I can only plead being old and not terribly organized in some ways. But I am and will remain to each and every Faffer for being there to share their “Golden Nuggets” with the rest of us. 🙂



Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

I was privileged to attend FaffCon for the second time in late March. If you’re not familiar with FaffCon, it’s a voiceover unconference run by the lovely and talented Amy Snively. I am always humbled by the outpouring of information, insight and just plain good will at FaffCon- with an attendance limited to 100 professional working voice talents, it’s a rare community to be a part of!

The format of FaffCon is an “unconference”, which means it’s totally driven by the participants. There is no agenda coming in, all the content is created collaboratively by the people attending. We’re all experts, we’re all learners, and we’re all peers. Whether you’ve been doing this for only a couple of years or a quarter of a century, the contributions you make are valued and the information you come away with is beyond compare.

I discovered something about FaffCon, though- the investment pays off in exponential amounts. At the first FaffCon I attended (number 3, in Harrisburg, PA) I learned a huge amount. The takeaways I had were very technical in nature and while extremely valuable were still quite narrow in scope. I took those “golden nuggets” (the Faff terminology for a piece of information you got from someone at FaffCon) and applied them- I think pretty well. This FaffCon, the insights I had gained as a result of the previous one, plus my intervening experience, enabled me to pick up on a whole new level of understanding about my business. I had a number of realizations about how I was approaching auditions, editing, and the quality of my sound- and they would not have been possible without the insight I had gleaned from the previous FaffCon.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to FaffCon 5!

Some Thank-Yous

I wanted to take a moment and give some personal thanks to a few Faffers for their contribution and friendship. I know for a fact that I am probably missing a few, so my apologies if I missed you! 🙂

Peter Bishop – What can I say, my friend? It’s always wonderful to see you- your insight, knowledge, and your friendship are something I look forward to every time we meet. I consider myself very lucky to count you as a friend and fellow narrator- and I can’t wait until the next time we get to have a drink and talk!

Marc Cashman I truly enjoyed meeting you, even though our conversation was sadly a brief one. I can speak for pretty much every Faffer when I say we were all grateful for your contributions. As Dan Friedman said (paraphrased), watching you work and share your incredible talent on the FaffCon crowd was a privilege. Thank you.

Liz de Nesnera – It was so much fun to see you again. Your energy and enthusiasm make every FaffCon a wonderful experience- not to mention your experience and insight!

Dustin EbaughI would never count FaffCon a success if I didn’t meet at least one person who I considered a personal friend. It was great to meet you!

Melissa eXelberthI had so much fun talking with you- your boundless energy and willingness to share your experiences with other Faffers was humbling. I really enjoyed our discussions and I look forward to the next time!

Dan Friedman – There is little to say that hasn’t been said elsewhere, but I’ll repeat it here because frankly, it bears repeating: FaffCon would not have been the success it was without you and your boundless energy, totally selfless attitude and expertise. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Can’t wait to see you again, bud!

J.S. Gilbert Don’t let anyone fool you, you’re good people. I was incredibly gratified to make your acquaintance and I’m not sure you know how much your contributions were appreciated. Thanks, my friend.

CC Heim Another Faff Staffer without whom we wouldn’t have made it. Thank you! You are made of awesome.

Debbie IrwinSuch a pleasure to meet you again. You are an incredible talent and I hope someday to be able to emulate how easily you bring that talent to bear.

Mara JunotDo you EVER stop smiling? I certainly hope not, it would shake my faith in the fundamental constants of the universe. You were an absolute joy to meet!

Dan LenardYour technical prowess is incredible and it’s remarkable you share it so selflessly at FaffCon. Thank you- I always learn something from you!

Bruce MilesIf talent could be transferred by proximity, just sitting next to you at lunch advanced my career by a decade. It’s always a pleasure to see you- I still chuckle when I recall your performance in the improv panel!

Lauren McCulloughHow do I put this… Without you, I don’t think we could have pulled it off. Scratch that, I know we couldn’t have. You made it possible. I wish there were a way to communicate my profound gratitude for everything you did beyond just saying “thank you”- language is insufficient. You’re a wonderful person and I’m grateful to know you.

Peter O’ConnellYour energy, ready wit, sense of humor and willingness to laugh at pretty much anything make you a treasure. Thank you for your work on FaffCon! I’m definitely looking forward to the next improv panel. 😉

Jamee Perkins I hope your foot is recovered by now! I’m looking forward to seeing you at the next FaffCon- I just wish there were more time for all the discussions!

Jenifer Platt A pleasure as always seeing you. Your enthusiasm, razor wit and talent make a formidable package, and I learned a lot from you. Thank you.

Amy SnivelyThere’s nothing I can possibly say that would communicate the depths of my admiration for you and your incredible work. Thank you for making FaffCon a reality and giving the voiceover community such an incredible resource.

Paul Snively – It was wonderful to meet you and I am very grateful for all your hard work keeping things going behind the scenes!

Devon Stewart- I was pleased to be able to provide an introduction to good Scotch to you! Looking forward to having a dram at the next FaffCon with you. 🙂



5 Questions For Professional VOs

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

5Q:VOThe remarkably talented (and very energetic) Peter O’Connell has been doing a very cool thing lately with his blog. He’s been sending a set of five questions to professional voice actors and posting their responses on his blog. He’s posted entries from a bunch of REALLY talented people and they’re all worth reading.

I was incredibly pleased and humbled to get an email from Peter not long ago, asking for ME to respond to the blog series. I had been following it with great interest and had not anticipated being asked to participate. Needless to say, I was “chuffed to bits” as my friend Peter Bishop would say.

So, go ahead and check out my responses to the Five Questions for Professional Voice Actors!

I’d also like to extend my personal thanks to Peter O’Connell for asking me to participate. It was a lot of fun, and I’ve been enjoying everyone else’s responses- I look forward to more!


A new demo reel!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Hello my friends! I’m pleased to announce I have a new demo reel- well, actually a freshened up version of the previous one, courtesy of the wonderful Scott Burns. If you are in the Puget Sound region and need to cut a demo reel or get some coaching, he’s a great guy to work with. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

I went to a bunch of colleagues, other voice artists and the like and asked their opinion about my current reel- I got some great feedback and carried it back to Scott who ran with it, coming up in short order with the awesomeness you can now hear:

      Corey Snow Commercial Demo Reel

There was this FaffCon thing too…

Yep, I went to FaffCon. Yes, it was awesome. No, I haven’t had time to finish my gushing blog post(s) about the experience… because I’ve been too busy booking work! (seriously. It’s amazing what’s been going on.) However, I have an epic post coming soonish, and there’s another entry in my ongoing video blog series in the works also. As always, thank you for coming to visit me here.


The Business Of Voice Acting

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

In which I discuss how the voice acting business is, in fact, exactly that.


So, You Want To Be A Voice Actor?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Kicking off a new video series, I have some commentary on what it takes to be a voice actor.


New Audiobook in the works!

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Cover art for Spinning Webs and Telling LiesI’m very pleased to announce that I’m currently recording Spinning Webs and Telling Lies, a collection of dark Western-themed short stories by David Niall Wilson and Brian A. Hopkins – both Bram Stoker Award Winners! I’m recording multiple short stories, each with its own theme and sound.

Some have what I refer to as a “cowboy poet” sound, where the narrator could be a cowboy telling ghost stories around a fire with the horses mere shadows a few feet away, while some have a more neutral delivery- and there’s even some first-person stories about a particular man carrying a dark secret and a terrible power.

In short, it’s a lot of fun and a real challenge. I’m really enjoying it and it should be completed fairly soon!

FaffCon 3 is coming up!

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

FaffCon 3

If you’re a professional voice artist and haven’t heard of FaffCon, I’m pleased to tell you about it. FaffCon is the voiceover UNConference, where professional voice artists get together and share their insight, experience and knowledge. I was really hoping to attend FaffCon 2 in Atlanta but sadly couldn’t make it- I was seriously unhappy about that.

What’s it all about, you ask? Well, it’s about sharing knowledge with your peers in an environment that assumes the group knows more than all the individuals added together. There’s no set agenda; the unconference attendees decide what they’re going to discuss, what topics will be on the agenda and everyone participates– talking heads are expressly discouraged! You won’t be sitting in a stuffy room trying to pry your eyes open while a small panel sits up front and one or two people in the audience dominate the discussion.

I’ve never attended a FaffCon before, but I have had the privilege of working closely with the brain trust behind it, Amy Snively. I’ve also heard from many other professional voice artists that it’s a truly amazing experience.

In Their Words

Don’t take it from me! Here’s what other voice actors have to say:

And that’s just the first few on a quick search for the word “FaffCon”. It seems that the jury is in on FaffCon and the verdict is AWESOME AS CHARGED, Your Honor.

My Connection

One reason I’m so excited about FaffCon 3 is that I’ve been in the unique and very exciting position of creating the new FaffCon website, including custom development of a WordPress theme (yes, the site is built on WordPress!) and adding tools to the site to allow Amy Snively to keep her sanity- the amount of work that goes into FaffCon is truly astonishing and I’m incredibly pleased to be able to help out in even a small way with that effort. Given that I’m a relative newcomer to the voice acting business, I’m amazingly happy to be able to contribute in a solid way by bringing my technical skills to the table.

However, I can’t give Amy enough credit for the long hours and amazing effort she puts in to make this UNConference a reality. She is truly the heart and soul of FaffCon and there aren’t enough great things to say about her herculean effort to make FaffCon a great experience.

I’m more amped about attending than I have been about anything in quite some time!

Connect With FaffCon

You can find FaffCon on the web, via Twitter at @FaffCon, on Facebook and on Google+ as Faffy T. Dolphin.  Although FaffCon 3 is sold out, FaffCon 4 will be equally amazing, I’m certain!